Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Radiant Heating’

How Does a Radiant Heating System Work?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

radiant-heating-systemsAutumn is the time for heater replacement services. With winter on the way and cold weather already here, homeowners with old, worn heating systems want to put in new ones before the temperatures drop too much lower. Doing so means you can take advantage of the improved efficiency a new heating system can bring, as well as reducing the chances of a winter breakdown as much as possible.

Most homes in the area rely on traditional heating systems like forced-air furnaces and boiler systems. But they’re not the only type of system available, and if you are in the market for a new heater, it pays to explore the possibilities that an alternative model may provide.

Among the systems you may want to consider is a radiant heating system, which involves warming the home directly through the floor. Here’s a breakdown of how it works and what kind of benefits it brings.

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Radiant Heating Systems May Be a Good Fit for You

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Fall has arrived here in Westlake, OH and winter won’t be too far behind. Households interested in a new heating system would do well to make plans now, when the weather hasn’t gotten too cold and you can schedule a new installation without requiring the use of a heater. And if a centralized system doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider an alternative form of heating. 

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3 Repair Issues with Radiant Heating

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Radiant heating systems offer a number of advantages over traditional heaters. They warm the people and furnishings in your home directly though coils or tubes planted beneath the floorboards, eliminating the muck of boilers, and the drafts and cold spots of forced-air furnaces. They’re also more energy efficient, which can help you save significant amounts of money on monthly bills depending on how often you run your heater. With winter on its way here in Westlake, OH, that’s apt to be quite a bit. Radiant heating systems also tend to suffer from fewer breakdowns than other systems, though they do occur from time to time, and when they do, you want someone properly trained to fix it. Here are 3 repair issues with radiant heating that you should watch out for.

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Why Radiant Heating Is Good for Allergy Sufferers

Monday, February 16th, 2015

One of the (few) benefits of winter is the end of allergies – but not for everyone. If you are someone who suffers from dust or pet dander allergies, controlling your allergies is a year-round challenge. Forced air heating systems can aggravate indoor allergies throughout the winter season, so if you are in the market for a new heating system, you may want to consider the benefits of radiant heat for your Bay Village home.

How Does Radiant Heat Work?

There are two types of radiant heating systems, and either one is a good choice for allergy sufferers. The two types are electric and hydronic, and choosing one option or the other will depend largely on your preferences. Electric radiant heating uses cables or cables in an electrically-conductive mat to generate heat; the cables or matting can be mounted directly to subflooring or set in cement to create a radiant slab. Hydronic radiant heating uses a boiler to create the hot water or steam, and flexible PEX tubing is installed directly onto subflooring or set in cement. Once the water or steam is at the correct temperature, it flows through the PEX tubing and heats.

Why It’s Good for Allergy Sufferers

The main problem with forced air systems is that they blow air around a space, which swirls dust around your living spaces. Even if you vacuum and dust regularly you can’t remove every speck of dust in your home, and each time a forced air system turns on, it kicks up any dust in your home. Additionally, if there is dust in your ductwork, it will be delivered directly to your living spaces and right to the allergy sufferers in your home.

Additional Reasons to Consider Radiant Heating

There are some other reasons to consider radiant heating for your home:

  • Comfortable, gentle heating – the nature of radiant heating is far gentler than forced air, resulting in a comfortable kind of heat.
  • More even heating – because forced air is somewhat blasted into your home, the feel can be uneven; this is not something that happens with radiant heating.
  • Easily zoned – because of the layout and structure of a radiant heating system, it is easier to create zones, which allows you to customize your home’s heating.

If you have allergy sufferers and need a new heating system, radiant heat may be the way to go. Call the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment for our radiant heating service.

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